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Title: Facing the future : time for the EU to meet global challenges
Authors : Boden, Marc
Cagnin, Cristiano
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Haegemann, Karel
Könnölä, Totti
Extent : 44
Publisher / Ed. Institution : European Commission, Office for Official Publications of the European Union
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Luxembourg
Issue Date: 2010
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Language : English
Subjects : Facing the future; EU
Subject (DDC) : 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
Abstract: There is a clear and growing need for the capacity to anticipate change to be embedded in policy. This is critical not only to be able to respond and adapt to new situations before they occur, but also to shape the future, building upon mutual understanding and common visions to be jointly pursued. For policy responses to address all the pressing current global challenges, especially when these are seen separately from one another, is clearly a demanding task. Institutions face greater complexity and difficulty in providing solutions in due time. In particular, this is true when the policy focus extends beyond the challenges that societies face today, seeking to anticipate future challenges and transform them into opportunities. This is the rationale for the report “Facing the future: time for the EU to meet global challenges” based on a study carried out in the course of 2009 by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) for the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) of the European Commission. The aim is to provide a comprehensive picture of the main trends ahead and possible future disruptive global challenges, and to examine how the EU could position itself to take an active role in shaping a response to them. The work described in this report brings a fresh perspective, by linking widely accepted quantified trends towards 2025 and beyond with experts’ and policy makers’ opinions on the likely consequences of these trends and wild cards.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Working Paper – Expertise – Study
DOI : 10.2791/4223
ISBN: 978-92-79-15786-8
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other identifiers : EUR 24364 EN
Published as part of the ZHAW project : IFA International Foresight Academy
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